Dave Hyde: Tua Tagovailoa answering all questions as Dolphins beat Browns, transfer into AFC East lead
There’s no precedent for this. Not for Tua Tagovailoa main most NFL heavyweight quarterback statistics after two seasons the place he couldn’t beat out a journeyman quarterback.
Not for chants of “M-V-P” cascading down on him from a Hard Rock Stadium crowd on Sunday after two years of his franchise making an attempt mightily to switch him.
Not for 143 passes with out an interception after his earlier coach cursed him at halftime in Tennessee for poor decision-making.
Not for 9.1 yards a move try by way of 10 video games to raised Dan Marino’s 9.0 in his magical 1984 season.
Not for main these Dolphins to first-place within the AFC East for the primary time this deep in a season since 2008, and to 7-3 for the primary time since 2002.
“Any more questions?” Tagovailoa stated on the finish of another big Sunday for him in the Dolphins 39-17 win against Cleveland when the media choices ran out. “You guys don’t have any questions?”
No, he’s answered loads this season, together with most of mine raised the earlier two years. I’m out of questions. I’ve seen the sunshine after these back-to-back-to-back performances towards Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland the place Tagovailoa threw 9 touchdowns towards no interceptions and a Dolphins offense went over 30 factors in three consecutive video games for the primary time since 2009.
“I don’t think there’s been a close interception or turnover in there,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel stated. “You’re talking about being aggressive, have an aggressive style of football play as an offense and you can call pass plays and know you’re not going to give [the] defense it back.”
How arduous is it to go sport after sport with no turnover? Look at Buffalo star quarterback Josh Allen on Sunday He fumbled a ball at his finish zone to let Minnesota take a late lead, then threw an interception in the long run zone to lose in time beyond regulation.
Still, Tagovailoa accomplished 25-of-32 passes Sunday for 285 yards and three touchdowns. That’s three consecutive video games of three landing passes after doing that simply as soon as in 23 video games over his first two years. Do you see the change?
He put it all the way down to schematic modifications that McDaniel introduced and, “really just the guys that I’m surrounded with. I’m not able to make the plays that I’m able to do if we don’t have the guys up front blocking and the running backs with the run game.”
There’s no dismissing the Dolphins running for 195 yards on 33 carries on Sunday to show there’s an another layer to this offense rising. This offensive line, maligned for years, is taking type as when Tagovailoa took off his jersey after Sunday’s sport a group official commented how clear it nonetheless was.
He wasn’t sacked Sunday. He’s been sacked simply twice within the earlier 4 video games (each towards Detroit). That helps clarify the best way he spun the sport on his finger, and the Dolphins didn’t punt for the primary time since 2003.
“It’s phenomenal to watch him commit to the process,’’ McDaniel said. “It’s the third game in a row I didn’t feel a high or a low from him. He just tried to execute each and every play.”
Cleveland’s protection set as much as cease Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. It was as efficient as any protection, too, as Hill had 5 catches for 44 yards and Waddle had 4 for 66 yards. That’s not a lot by their requirements. So Tagovailoa discovered others. Trent Sherfield, Alec Ingold and Raheem Mostert every had 4 catches.
“He is really seeing the field well,” McDaniel stated. “I feel typically how briskly he’s taking part in and how briskly he’s processing, you chop the tape on it, it seems like he may be throwing to No. 1 or 2 [options], however he’s progressing by way of eligible one by way of 5 in his development with lightning pace.
“That’s really making it frustrating for a defensive front. You’re in pass rush mode and you can’t get to them; that can wear on you. So he is doing a lot of things visually, manipulating defenders, making really good throws and getting the ball out.”
For two years, the Dolphins coaches, entrance workplace and proprietor tried to switch Tagovailoa with Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady. For two years, media like me questioned if he was “The Man”. Now he’s exhibiting what he can do with a coach with a very good scheme who believes in him and a very good solid round him.
He leads NFL passers in the whole lot from passer score to yards per try. He has the Dolphins sitting in first place within the AFC East. He heard these M-V-P chants and waved to the group.
“Any more questions?” as he stated to reporters Sunday.
None right here.
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